Former Stars Manager Brad Fischer Leading Again

(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) - Brad Fischer, who led the Huntsville Stars to the playoffs through their first three seasons (1985-87) in the Southern League, is back on the minor league playing field.

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Fischer will lead their Class A farm team in the New York-Pennsylvania League, the State College Spikes, this coming season.

Fischer will be assisted by hitting instructor, and former Atlanta Braves 1st baseman, Sid Bream, and former Birmingham Barons and Chicago White Sox pitcher, Wilson Alvarez, as his pitching coach.

The Spikes' season begins in June.

Fischer, the winningest manager in Stars history with 230 victories, spent the last 29 seasons in the Oakland organization, 12 at the major league level - eight as a Bullpen Coach and four as a First Base coach.

He began an 11-year managerial career starting with Class A-Medford (Northwest) in 1980. The following year he captured the Northwest League championship and Manager-of-the-Year honors after guiding Medford to a 42-28 regular-season record in 1981.

Fischer experienced similar success as he skippered Madison to a Midwest League title a year later, and a playoff appearance in 1984, before leading the Huntsville Stars to a Southern League championship in their first year in the league.

He finished his managerial career in the Oakland system with Triple-A Tacoma (1988-1990).

All told, Fischer has a 743-670 record and 9 winning seasons in his 11 years as a minor league manager.